My scripture for this year is John 5 – Bethesda
This story has resonated with me so much so that it’s my theme for the new year .
There were five covered porches at this pool = the number 5= Grace and this means grace was there all along in this place. The grace of God is always abundant. Grace is with me every day all day and I want to stay in this knowledge and awareness . No matter the size of the trouble and sadness , GRACE abides
The man by the pool had been there for 38 years and had some real experiences = I have learned that there’s a lot that one garners through life experiences and one starts to find some form of comfort in those experiences, especially the negative stuff and these become the story we tell ourselves . These stories are real and sometimes these stories can hinder our next season of success and progress . We must be careful with ourselves and must be aware how we define our lives through these experiences.Our experiences become the window with which we use to view life , add on that we have families and friends and all their experiences combined become the standard or unfortunately they also become the limitations of why one can do or not be able to do . So one does end up with a window view that’s dim or bright and alive with hope and possibilities
So I go into the next decade I am extremely paying attention to this in my life . Having lived for 36 years, having tried and failed , having hoped and discouraged can make me want to give up and just sit with that evidence file of failed attempts . It’s a mid life between deciding to sit at the pool and die there , tell the story and feel the empathy of everyone around me
The story is real
My experiences are real . My experiences are my truth BUT God and miracles also exist
Jesus asked the man – Would you like to be well ? – I can’t sir – really ?
Woow it is amazing that with life experiences which we end up calling facts – we don’t answer the questions , instead we refer to experiences ….. the man answered by saying I can’t get healed Jesus. I have no one to push me . Jesus I have tried and always , every time someone gets in front of me . Believe me Jesus I tried .
This is the same as saying It’s not my fault Jesus , I have faith , I tried Jesus but Jesus nawe uyabona
In midlife there are definitely a bunch of disappointments from set expectations. As long as you leading life with human beings , disappointments are bound to occur but this moment by the pool when the man shares his reality teaches me that at the core I don’t want to place my success and joy at the hands of the help that I feel entitled to . . . Even better , where people have disappointed me it’s okay to seek out more other connections and it’s okay to rather be connected to Jesus and the rest will be history . You need people in your life
I want to give faith a chance … I pray that I do that often .. no matter my experiences …. I pray to give faith a chance
This is saying to me it’s okay to have tired it all , remember that after you have done all you can , give faith a chance , give miracles a chance
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The stories I tell myself 🙏🏾
This is going to be my most challenging task to face for the rest of my life. I have been alive for 36 years, I have a lot of experiences some good and some bad . I want to give my life a chance and I don’t want my bad experiences to discourage me from living my life fully
When life calls me forth , I promise myself to refuse to say , I tried it and failed . It will be tempting to say so , it is safe to use experience as a buffer , it is scary to try again, my experiences are a foundation of sort . Off course I’m not supposed to discard all experiences . But I want courage to know that my bad experiences and my disappointments are not the end of me and I am still capable of more and greatness . Equally I can produce more joy and more progress and triple success !!!
Failing was just a redirection not the end
So I pray to stay above the clouds mentally – because even when I see the clouds I will believe that the sky remains blue on the other side of the clouds
I wish to stay below the sea because then I will always know that no matter the size of the waves above sea levels there’s always calmness deep down
Weight – the story I tell myself is that I’m Zulu and it’s cultural to be big . I hate being fat it makes me unhappy to feel my thighs against each other , the struggle with clothes etc . So I release this story . There are exceptions in my family and I will look for these exceptions within my culture and I desire to be healthy , slim and that makes me happy . I too will be an exception
Background – the story I tell myself is the “ disadvantaged “ story line . There are facts attached to it . But I look at me today and I say aaaahh what were the odds . So I am going to push regardless of the story because God doesn’t care for location location and location . South African Black Dark Hips and all . I am powerful beyond measure
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Books I’m starting with in 2020
How will you measure your life by Clayton M – I still recommend d this book . It will continue to be my manual for 2020
What to say when you talk to yourself by Shad Helmsetter – bought this one today I just want to say positive things to me , daily . .because with life and growing up the negative chatter becomes so overwhelming
Boundaries in marriage by Dr Henry Cloud because it turns out I got a lot to learn about this institution . It’s a journey I intend to be in for my lifetime , every investment in it is worth it and I just want to be better , I’m obsessed with doing my best and being the best at it
Shut up and listen by Tilman Fertitta – there’s a power multi billionaire in me so this book is engraving some great principles inside me . I will be doing a lot or this in 2020 . Business and more business
I am taking everything by Dr Brene Brown – she is my coach 🙏🏾🙏🏾 and for her I am very grateful
In 2020 I acknowledge the experiences Ohw but honey I am so picking my mat, I am standing up and shall sin no more !!!!
Catching my dreams !!!!!